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Google News Sci Tech: Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony - New York Times->

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Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony
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WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Friday that the United States “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its destructive cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, but he criticized the Hollywood studio for giving in to intimidation when it withdrew “The...
Sony hack: Obama and Lynton point fingers on surreal dayLos Angeles Times
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Obama declares US will retaliate against North Korea for hacking attack on SonySydney Morning Herald
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Google News Sci Tech: You pick the names for 5 craters on Mercury - Futurity: Research News->

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You pick the names for 5 craters on Mercury
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The team behind NASA's Messenger mission is looking for your help: they need names for five newly discovered craters on Mercury. If you're a citizen of the Earth, you're eligible to enter the contest. The entry deadline is January 15. Messenger, built and...
MESSENGER Team Opens Public Contest to name Five Craters on MercuryPerfScience
NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)The Register
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Google News Sci Tech: Tourists Throwing Coins Changing the Colors of Yellowstone's Hot Spring Pools - ->

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Tourists Throwing Coins Changing the Colors of Yellowstone's Hot Spring Pools
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Have you ever wondered what type of impact tourism can have on a natural environment? Researchers at Montana State University, in a joint effort with researchers from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany, have done just that. Using a simple...
Yellowstone's Hot Springs Could Be A Brilliant Blue If Tourists Didn't Throw ... Headlines & Global News
Image of the Day: Researchers Recreate Yellowstone's Thermal SpringsLaboratory Equipment
Yellowstone's Thermal Springs -- Their Colors UnveiledFort Mills Times
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Google News Sci Tech: Hyperloop Startup Wants to Connect the Entire USA - PC Magazine->

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Hyperloop Startup Wants to Connect the Entire USA
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A California startup that wants to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality believes the futuristic transportation system can be built safely, affordably, and used to connect cities across the United States. All of this could happen within a decade, according to...
Startup: Musk's 'hyperloop' is feasible and should be nationwideSFGate
100 engineers are trying to bring Elon Musk's hyperloop dream to lifeFortune
Hyperloop May Become a Crowdsourced Reality Within a DecadeNBCNews.com

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Techdirt: LAPD Body Cam Footage Can't Be FOIA'ed; Used In Court Cases Only->

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The Los Angeles Police Department is getting ready to deploy 7,000 body cameras. That's (mostly) good news. Body cams have the potential to deter bad behavior both by cops and by those they interact with. It's not a complete fix for police misconduct but it's far better than allowing things to continue to run as they have for so many years.

The first 800 cameras have been financed by private donors, including director Steven Spielberg and the Dodgers organization. While traditional public funding would likely have been available, this one-time fundraiser has allowed the process to move much faster than running it through the usual city channels.

This is also good news as 22 donors fronted $1.5 million, showing there's significant public interest in seeing police officers outfitted with body cameras. Now, here comes the bad news.

Privacy-minded groups like the ACLU -- while applauding the move towards greater accountability -- have expressed valid concerns about citizens being caught on camera. It's looking for the crafting of policies that will prevent the distribution of footage to "YouTube and TMZ," as well as safeguards against collected video being passed around departments for the amusement of police officers.

There are also unanswered questions concerning access within police departments. For instance: should officers have access to footage they've captured? -- Being allowed to do so may result in cops aligning their reports with their recordings. While that is a concern, there's no reason to believe officers shouldn't have access to applicable footage when writing reports -- but that does leave the door open for post-incident narrative-massaging. It will be up to those policing the police to determine whether the footage matches the story. That's part of the internal structure, unfortunately, and it's part of what keeps these cameras from being a better solution to the police misconduct problem. Independent reviews will be necessary, but there's been no indication yet that the LAPD is leaning that way.

The really bad news is the fact that the LAPD has opted to almost completely remove the public from the equation.

[LAPD Police Chief Charlie] Beck also said Tuesday that the footage would not be released to the public and would be available only through criminal and civil court proceedings.
And there goes the accountability. It's likely this move was prompted by certain activists in other cities who have placed FOIA requests for all body cam footage in perpetuity . This is an understandable reaction, but there is a middle ground that doesn't seem to have been contemplated. Limitations could be amended into local Freedom of Information statutes that would prevent overly-broad requests such as these. (And, of course, this too has the potential for abuse...)

As it stands now, body cam footage will only be viewed in a courtroom. This provides for almost zero accountability. The deployment of 7,000 body cams loses its deterrent effect if officers know that footage won't be seen unless it's showing their side of the story (criminal cases) or working against them in civil suits. Civil suits obviously aren't a deterrent, considering how many have been filed, how often settlements have been paid and how often officers are granted at minimum partial immunity in civil cases.

The LAPD may be ahead of the curve when it comes to full-blown body cam programs but if this doesn't change, the impact will be negligible.



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Google News Sci Tech: LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD - The Register->

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LEGS IN 2015: SpaceX Falcon's landing PUT ON HOLD
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NASA and SpaceX have announced that the firm's fifth ISS resupply mission - which was also the first test of its ground-breaking leggy landing on a floating platform - will be postponed until next year. The Falcon 9 rocket that boosts the Dragon cargo-craft to...
SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New YearSpace.com
SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.The Baytown Sun

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Google News Sci Tech: Kepler Telescope Discovers Another Exoplanet - Voice of America->

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Kepler Telescope Discovers Another Exoplanet
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After a failure that almost spelled its death, NASA's space telescope Kepler is back in business and has already discovered another exoplanet. Kepler was launched with great fanfare in 2009 on a mission to explore our region of the Milky Way galaxy.
NASA's Kepler finds 'Super-Earth' 180 light-years awayChristian Science Monitor
NASA's Kepler telescope identifies new 'Super Earth'CNET
NASA's Kepler Discovers New Planet, 'Serial' Podcast Finale ReleasedABC News
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Google News Sci Tech: Kepler's still got it! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away - ->

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Kepler's still got it! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away
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After a hardware failure, the Kepler spacecraft finds a second life — and an ... Washington Post
Not Done Yet: Kepler Alive and Well after Discovery of New Super-EarthDesign & Trend
How Kepler Failed, Came Back and DiscoveredTech Times
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Google News Sci Tech: If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, Fire again: Amazon mulls smartmobe seque->

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If at first you don't succeed ... Fire, Fire again: Amazon mulls smartmobe sequel
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Have an Amazon Fire Phone? It Just Got a Big UpdatePC Magazine
Amazon's Fire Phone Receives Major Update Including Text Translation With ... Android Headlines - Android News

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Google News Sci Tech: Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps - SlashGear->

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Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps
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Google has been progressing nobly in its effort to bridge the physical world with the digital one, and the end result is the ability to tour all sorts of locations you otherwise never would. The recently added The Colbert Report set is one excellent example, and...
Google Maps has just made Christmas window shopping insanely betterBGR

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Google News Sci Tech: New record: Ethereal deep-sea fish lives 5 miles underwater [Video] - Los Angele->

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New record: Ethereal deep-sea fish lives 5 miles underwater [Video]
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Scientists have discovered a new species of fish that glides gently through the water on white, translucent wings 5 miles beneath the ocean surface. It is the deepest living fish ever discovered. "We were just blown away when we saw it," said Paul Yancey,...
Deepest fish found 5 miles down in Pacific trenchUSA TODAY
Sea Ghost! Scientists Spot Deepest Living Fish in Mariana TrenchNBCNews.com
Watch: World's Deepest Fish Lurks 5 Miles Down in Mariana TrenchNational Geographic
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Google News Sci Tech: NASA releases 'astronaut's-eye view' of Orion spacecraft's re-entry - Mashable->

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NASA releases 'astronaut's-eye view' of Orion spacecraft's re-entry
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Ever wonder what an astronaut would see as he or she splashed back to earth aboard a NASA spacecraft? A new video released by the space agency allows you to experience just that, providing an "astronaut's-eye view" of re-entry into the Earth's...
New video released of Orion spacecraft returning to EarthWWSB ABC 7
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Google News Sci Tech: An 'astronaut's-eye view' of what Orion re-entry looked like - Mashable->

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An 'astronaut's-eye view' of what Orion re-entry looked like
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Ever wonder what an astronaut would see as he or she splashed back to earth aboard a NASA spacecraft? A new video released by the space agency allows you to experience just that, providing an "astronaut's-eye view" of re-entry into the Earth's...
New video released of Orion spacecraft returning to EarthWWSB ABC 7

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Google News Sci Tech: Chrysler Yields to Urging on Takata Airbag Recall - New York Times->

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Chrysler Yields to Urging on Takata Airbag Recall
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Bowing to pressure from federal regulators, Chrysler said on Friday that it would recall 3.3 million additional cars across the United States and worldwide to fix defective driver's-side airbags made by Takata, the troubled Japanese supplier. Safety regulators...
Chrysler gives in, makes air bag recall globalUSA TODAY
Chrysler Agrees to Expand Air Bag Recall NationwideNBCNews.com
Former Chrysler expands Takata airbag recallFortune
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